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Rocky Mountain Penstemon
 
(Penstemon strictus)
 

Rocky Mountain Penstemon is a perennial native to the Rocky Mountain region of the western United States. It grows to a height of 30.5 to 76 cm (12 to 30 in.) with a basal resette of dark green leaves. The royal blue to purple snapdragon-like flowers grow on one side of an upright stem. The bloom period is May through July. It is drought-resistant and is useful for soil stabilization. Rocky Mountain Penstemon has also been used in mixtures for big game range restoration.

Rocky Mountain Penstemon thrives in rocky and sand-loam soils at elevations of 1,829 to 3,353 m (6,000 to 11,000 ft.). Seed may be drilled 0.6 cm (¼ in.) deep or broadcast and covered. Planting dates should be just prior to the moist growing season, usually spring to early summer.

 

SEEDING RATES:

5.6 kg PLS /hectare
5 lbs. PLS/acre

 

NUMBER OF SEEDS:

286,000 per lb. (0.46 kg)

 

VARIETIES:

Bandera
Bandera, a recent release of the USDA Soils Conservation Service and the New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station, has an abundance of dark, shiny, green leaves and large, purple flowers. The leaves of the basal rosette often turn purple during the winter months. Its uses include soil stabilization, highway beautification and landscaping.

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